A strong SW wind blew pulses of rain across the area this morning, before the wind strengthened further, bringing more general rain, which set in from around 09:30hrs.
In the conditions, I found very little indeed, the lakes were visited first, but not a thing was on any of the 3 water bodies, probably more to do with the fireworks that were going off half the night than the weather conditions.
The best of the bird activity was around the Greenhouse Grounds, although as I walked across the Ashes Lane Fields to get there, I saw 11 MEADOW PIPITS flying around the pasture. At the Greenhouses there were half a dozen each of SISKIN and GOLDFINCH in the Alders, plus 3 LESSER REDPOLL. A GREY WAGTAIL flew low over, alighting at the water intake area, plus the seed I put out along the boundary hedgerow had attracted 5 CHAFFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH and a few BLUE and GREAT TITS. Nearby there were 3 YELLOWHAMMERS and 2 LINNETS, but they didn't join the finches at the seed.
In the wind and rain it was a futile exercise trying to sky watch, but I did see 7 CANADA GEESE fly over - hard to miss them! I scanned the BLACK HEADED GULLS out on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, but no other gulls were with them. I soon headed off home, prompted by a particularly heavy squall!
Still no photo's......still no light!!